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STORIES OF THE STALKED
AUDIBLE LAUNCHES NEW TRUE-LIFE ORIGINAL PODCAST – STORIES OF THE STALKED
A SIX-PART SERIES CREATED & HOSTED BY FILMMAKER LILY BALDWIN RECOUNTING HER PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF BEING STALKED FOR OVER THIRTEEN YEARS
Audible, a worldwide leading provider of spoken-word entertainment, today launches a new Audible Original podcast, Stories of the Stalked, a true-life story created and hosted by filmmaker, performer, and choreographer, Lily Baldwin. Stories of the Stalked is an Audible Original podcast, produced Ventureland, an award-winning creative studio.
Spanning six episodes, the series provides an incredible and intimate insight into Lily’s personal experience of being stalked over a staggering 13-year period. Lily recounts her journey of legal challenges, survival techniques, and physical and mental health issues when a stranger, turned stalker, doubles down on a fantasy that they are a couple, destined for marriage. More than just a hopeful suitor, his delusion expands to encompass multiple identities, even multiple languages. Lily also shares the stark realisation that the stalking still has not ceased, sharing the steps she’s taken in order to even go public with her story.
Stories of the Stalked provides a compelling insight into how stalking has changed her life in a society built on a culture of visibility, one where we want followers, but we don’t want to be followed.
Moving between past and present as the story unfolds, Stories of the Stalked is brought to life by an ensemble of character actors as well as real figures from Lily’s story. Listeners will hear from professionals in the worlds of private investigation, law, and forensic psychology, however, most compellingly, Lily’s family, friends and colleagues recount the harsh reality of witnessing a loved one go through the ‘invisible violence’ of stalking.
Boldly honest, narratively gripping, and authentically told, Stories of the Stalked poses the question: how do we stay in control, enjoy the freedom and possibility of prominence without risking our mental and emotional health - and even our safety? Mixing first person storytelling with all the tension of true crime, the immersive sound design and dramatic reconstructions plunge listeners deep inside Lily’s world, taking them on a rollercoaster of events and emotions.
Lily Baldwin said, “I feel my story is a modern fable for the world we’re living in where being “seen” is a form of currency. In our visual digital culture, to be hidden is to be powerless. But for so long the victim was told to disappear, or hide, thereby punishing them for someone else’s crime. By giving voice to the victim’s side of the story, my story, I want to keep power with those who are being stalked and open up a conversation around how we protect this currency for victims while also protecting them from this invisible violence. Being seen is a potent and dangerous double edged sword. The question is - how to use the sharp blade wisely.”
Stories of the Stalked, an Audible Original produced by Ventureland, joins a host of engaging Audible podcasts that uncover the truth behind extraordinary events. Other recent highlights include an exploration into the Freshwater Five in The Catch (iNews: “the podcast teases out the flaws in evidence”), Abuse of Power (The Guardian: Pick of the week “a sober six-part crime podcast”) and Death at Deepcut (The Observer: “exemplary, enraging podcast”).